On my daily journey through my regular news stops on the web, I found this article at OneNewsNow.com.  I must confess that I am concerned about the facts presented in the article below. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The number of baptisms in Southern Baptist churches has fallen for the second consecutive year despite a push by top leaders to evangelize. At the same time, national membership increased by less than 1 percent, but more churches were built, according to the 2006 profile of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, a Southern Baptist agency that conducts the annual survey, said the findings show that denomination has not been effective in “stepping up to the task of sharing the Gospel with a lost and dying world.”

Baptisms dropped from 371,850 to 364,826, or 1.89 percent, last year, the lowest annual total since 1993, according to Baptist Press. In 2005, baptisms decreased by 4.15 percent.

National membership reached 16,306,246, up by nearly 36,000 in 2005. The number of churches across the country increased by 524, or 1.2 percent, to a total of 44,223.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
 

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I wonder, in the midst of so much talent and treasure at our disposal, why are we not seeing more people come to Christ in North America?  For those of you at First Baptist Dunkerton, do you have any thoughts or suggestions about how we can do a better job of reaching our neighbors for Christ?  I truly would love to get some practical input on this matter. 

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